Misleading question for a volunteer role

Whilst working on a case we came across an application form for a volunteer role at a regional care provider that involved volunteers in its work. We identified a misleading question under their “Disclosure of criminal convictions” section. The question was in connection with an enhanced DBS check and stated: “Have you ever been convicted […]

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NHS trusts and the need to include references to filtering

We’ve recently worked on a case where an individual was considering applying for a job within an NHS trust as a ward caterer. The role involved serving food and beverages to patients on the ward. The individual was confused about what they should disclose about their criminal record as the application form stated: “As a […]

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Employer does a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check for an unregulated role

We’ve recently worked on a case where an individual had a job offer withdrawn following an ineligible check being undertaken by an employer. The job involved selling IT systems to financial institutions and in his offer of employment the company stated that: “The company is not regulated by the FCA although a majority of the […]

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National trades directory changes policy on criminal record checks

We were contacted by an individual who had applied to register his business on a directory of recommended and trusted tradespeople. He had been asked to provide the company with a copy of either his basic criminal record (from Disclosure Scotland) or his police record (via a subject access request). A subject access request provides […]

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Confusion over filtering legislation and DBS checks for accountants

We were contacted by an individual who was looking to become a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and had been asked to complete a declaration form which contained the following wording: “I confirm that I have now read the notes section and: I have not been subject to any criminal conviction […]

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Poor application form for a job in social care at a local authority

The question below appeared on the application form for a job in social care at a local authority. What’s wrong with the above? It’s long and confusing. At the beginning, the phrase ‘unspent’ is used, despite the role involving a level of check that will disclose spent convictions too. It’s inaccurate. It states that applicants […]

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Poor application form for a job at a waste disposal company

The question below appeared on the application form for a job at a waste disposal company. What’s wrong with the wording above? It’s not clear. The role is ‘covered by the ROA’ – this means that the applicant doesn’t have to disclose spent convictions. This isn’t made clear in the question. It’s misleading. The use […]

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